In November, 1940, the newly completed Tacoma Narrows Bridge, opened barely four months before, swayed and collapsed in a 42 mile-per-hour wind. There were no casualties except a dog trapped in a car stranded on the bridge. A rescue was attempted (by the man with the pipe), but the frightened animal would not leave the car.
The site was declared a National Historic Landmark to discourage relic seekers and salvage operations.
The whole films can be found at: http://www.archive.org/details/Pa2096Tacoma